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taylorpontiac 12-28-2005 11:54 AM

water filters/traps for air compressors
I just got a HVLP paint gun and don't currently have any type of watertrap on my compressor. I've read alot of posts about them but I am still confused as there seems to be 2 types out there....One is just a water trap/regulator, the other seems to be an air filter/lubricator. Both items are found at HarborFreight. Which one should I get? Item #1118-8VGA or #42035-2VGA? I have an older CampbelHausfeld 5hp25gal tank.

oldred 12-28-2005 12:10 PM

Water trap/Regulator- is what you need here, use a filter after that if needed. If you have been reading up on this then you are probably aware that the water trap will need to be located some distance from the compressor(25 ft or more) or use some other method of cooling the air before it enters the trap otherwise it will not do much good. Also that compressor seems much too small to properly operate the HVLP gun since they usually need at least 12-15 CFM and that would be cutting it close.

hemiguy 12-29-2005 02:34 PM

Go to and buy one of the M-30 or M-60 filters. They are used "point of use" or close to the end of the line. I have one on my sandblast booth and one when painting, and I never have water or oil contamination.

Hope this helps.

ChevyThunder 01-01-2006 05:58 AM

There are plans around the net on how to use an AC condensor, built into a wooden box with a drain down to a resevoir. It apparently is a really good system and to buy something comparable manufactured for you is a bit pricy.

adtkart 01-01-2006 06:26 AM

I don't know if an AC condensor is a good idea. I would think it would restrict the air flow with the small tubes. I would also be concerned about their ability to hold the pressure. To buy a brand new one, with absolutely no nicks or bends, would be your best chance, but I would not consider hooking up a used one to an air line. Any nick in that tube would weaken it, making it really dangerous.


hemiguy 01-01-2006 07:10 AM

water filters
Happy New Year!
Unless you are looking for a science project, spend a few dollars on a good filter and be done with it. There are plenty to choose from that will do the job for reasonable cost, then you'll have more time to work on your car!


pepi 01-01-2006 09:11 PM

another little goody for getting rid of water is an auto drain for the compressor tank. they work good

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